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07-13-2004

Four Young Alumni Honored By Clarkson With Woodstock Award

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Robert A. Duchow of Rome, N.Y.; Sephir D. Hamilton of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Kathryn A. Premo of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Timothy M. Thomas of Endwell, N.Y., have each received the Woodstock Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.woodstock2004

Robert A. Duchow graduated from Clarkson University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in technical communications and a concentration in mathematics. While he was a student, Duchow interned for the weekly publication North Country This Week, contributing news articles and feature stories to the paper.

Upon graduation, Duchow accepted a position as a reporter for the Daily Sentinel in Rome, N.Y. While with the paper, Duchow covered stories on many topics, including the local effort to retain Rome Laboratories and the closing of the Air Force base. After six years with the Sentinel, Duchow moved on to become the director of communications for N.Y. State Senator Raymond A. Meier. As a member of Meier's staff, Duchow wrote news releases and columns for the senator and served as liaison between the media and the senator.

After three years of service for Senator Meier, Duchow moved to his current position as a marketing and communication specialist for Mohawk Valley Edge, where he develops and oversees production of marketing materials and sales pieces on available properties, quality of life, industrial advantages of the region, incentives and quarterly newsletters.

Duchow is an active member of the alumni corporation of his fraternity, Delta Upsilon. He also serves as a board member of Clarkson's Mohawk Valley Alumni Chapter, and a member of Clarkson University's Alumni National Executive Council.

At Clarkson, Hamilton was a model student and campus leader. His memberships included the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Tau Beta Pi Honor Society. Hamilton was the editor of the Clarkson Integrator and a member of the University's Photography Club. His achievements led to his induction into Phalanx — Clarkson's highest award for recognition for campus leadership. Hamilton also participated in the Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program at the NASA Langley Research Center where he worked on research investigating complex turbulence and noise in the wake of jet engines.

Hamilton has worked for Central Hudson Gas and Electrical Corporation as a project manager for three natural gas regulator station upgrades and as a consultant for TIAX LLC (formerly Arthur D. Little, Inc.) in the HVAC and Building Energy Unit. Hamilton currently works for the Hamilton Engineering Group, the consulting company he co-founded with his father. As an experienced engineer in the energy field, Hamilton has been asked to speak on numerous occasions at conferences in the mid-Hudson region on the topic of zero-energy homes.

Hamilton has maintained a close relationship with his alma mater. He has been an alumni admission volunteer, a member of the Board of Governors, has served as a regional chapter board member, and currently is the Class of 1999 Reunion Activity Chair.

Kathryn A. Premo received her bachelor's degree in accounting and law and graduated with Great Distinction from Clarkson in 1984. While a student at Clarkson, Premo was a member of Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and the Society of Women Managers.

In her current position as director of Pension and Investment at R. J. Reynolds, Premo is responsible for overseeing the investments and administration of all retirement plans, which includes assets in excess of $4 billion. While advancing her career, she also received a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Wake Forest in 1993.

Premo has returned to Clarkson as a campus speaker and has participated as a capital campaign volunteer, an alumni admission volunteer, a participant in alumni career days, and has been a participant in off-campus speaking as well as career programs.

Timothy M. Thomas came to Clarkson after serving in the United States Army Security Agency 202nd A.S.A. Company as an Intelligence Analyst. While in the Army, Thomas graduated with distinction from the U.S. Army Intelligence School and the U.S. Air Force School of Applied Cryptologic Science.

He received his bachelor's degree from Clarkson in industrial management and graduated with Great Distinction in 1984. While a student at Clarkson, Thomas was a member of Alpha Mu Alpha, Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Veteran's Club. He was also inducted into Phalanx, Clarkson's highest recognition for leadership.

Thomas has received numerous honors and achievement awards as a member of the Lockheed Martin workforce including the Lockheed Martin Systems Integration "Honors Night" President's Recognition in 2004.

Over the years, Thomas has maintained close ties with Clarkson serving as a member of Clarkson's Board of Governors, class reunion activity chair, and class campaign chair. Thomas has returned every year since he graduated to sing the alma mater at Clarkson University events.

PHOTO CAPTION: Four Clarkson University alumni were honored this past weekend with the Woodstock Award, which honors young alumni who have demonstrated loyalty and service to Clarkson and the Alumni Association and who have used their Clarkson experience to make a notable contribution to their careers. [L-R] Award recipients Sephir D. Hamilton '99; Timothy M. Thomas '84; Kathryn A. Premo '84; Robert A. Duchow '89; and Clarkson President Tony Collins.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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